Nepal landslides kill 6 people, leave 10 missing

July 15, 2011 - 12:59 AM

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Landslides triggered by monsoon rains buried parts of two remote mountainous villages in Nepal on Friday, killing six people, with 10 others believed to be buried in the debris.

A landslide buried 10 houses in Purtingkada village, located about 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of the capital, Katmandu, said Krishna Prasad Adhikari, the chief government administrator of Rukum district.

Villagers recovered three bodies and dug out five people alive, he said. They were searching for 10 others who were missing and believed to be buried in the rubble. Police rescuers were heading to the village, which is accessible only by foot and is a six-hour trek from the nearest town.

Separately, three people were killed and five others were injured in a landslide in Nuwakot Thanksingh village, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Katmandu. Police official Anup Rayamajhi said one house was completely buried and several others were damaged.

Nepal's monsoon season began last month and lasts until September. The rains often trigger landslides in mountainous areas and floods in the southern plains.